Welcome to the Sunrise Spirit –
the Weekly Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise
We hope that you will attend one of our lively Friday meetings,
whether or not you are interested in joining Rotary.
Usually, we meet on most Fridays at 7 am in the Plaza View Room
at Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse,
however, while we are under the Shelter In Place order, we are meeting online.
Please visit the RCAS Website for the meeting links.
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change
– across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
The Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- September 9th – Sunrise Swednesday – More information to follow
- September 12th – Coastal Cleanup Day – Meet at Wildberries at 8 am
- October 2nd – Backpacks for Kids returns!
Announcements and Opportunities
We heard from members of our Youth Exchange Committee, who said that they are preparing for the arrival of our next Inbound Rotary Exchange Student … in August of 2021! (We hope!) The group would like to line up an additional host family who will house our student for three or four months. President Maggie also told us that we are working to have former Rotary Exchange Students drop in on our online meetings, so we can catch up with them.
Maggie and others also want to launch a new fellowship opportunity that she is calling “Sunrise Swednesday” – a meeting on the second Wednesday of each month. Some will be outdoors, some indoors, but all safe. Each Swednesday will feature a theme or concept for Sunrisers to express their creativity. The first of these get-togethers will take place on Swednesday, September 9th.
Help Wanted: We need someone willing to take over management of the RCAS website. It’s not as daunting as it may seem, and you will have a lot of support. If you’re interested, please contact President Maggie.
Foundation Information and the Final Friday Raffle!!
Before we started raising more moolah for the Rotary Foundation, Terri Clark announced that two Sunrisers have made additional laps around the Paul Harris track – Ed Christians is a Paul Harris Fellow Plus Two, and Lisa Hemphill is a PHF Plus Five! Thank you both for your incredible generosity. As Terri says (often), “You don’t have to stop at one!”
And then it was time for our Final Friday Foundation Auction, led by Auctioneers Amanda Nelson and Brandon Kakitsuka:
- The first item was from Ashliegh Diehl – “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner”. The package included everything but the chicken itself – blends of spices, chicken recipes, and (because it’s us) plenty of wine to pair with dinner. Lori Breyer’s winning bid means that her family will be dining well in the new month.
- President Maggie donated a “Spa in a Hamper”. This included bathrobes, towels, milled soaps, and stuff to pamper your feet. An hourglass was included, so you don’t spend all day luxuriating. The winning bid was presented by Terri Clark, but since she’s retired, and needs no limits on her luxury, we sold the hourglass to Brandon.
- “Ed Wants Great Things for You”. Yes, he does indeed. That would be Ed Christians, who donated a package that included stuff for Zoom Meetings (including a green screen), funny stuff, and stuff to help you cope. Your Editor (Dick Johnson) must need the help coping, because he outbid the others.
- One of Terri Clark’s favorite places to dine is the Sushi Spot, so she donated a gift certificate. The winner was Lori Breyer, for when she tires of chicken dinners.
- The Justice Of Your Club (JOYC) brought a special Bilby headlamp, especially for bicycling. Jeff Stebbins offered the most for that one, so he’ll be much safer now. (And we’ll be able to see him coming.)
- Auctioneer Brandon donated a package that included Yeti tumblers, Kahlua, coffee, Lacey’s cookies, chocolate syrup, and coffee treats. The package was won by JOYC.
- Susan Diehl-McCarthy provided a package called, “What A Diehl!” She offered to make six masks from special Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise logo fabric. Winning bidder Romi Hitchcock Tinseth will be wearing our Club’s colors on her face when the masks are done in a couple of weeks.
- The final package was “Nick’s Fall Colors” – donated by Nick Torres. This was another opportunity to luxuriate, but maybe in the kitchen. He put together candles with a stand, flowers, kitchen towels, and a gift certificate to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Rebecca Crow won the bidding for a great auction item!
Once again, generous Sunrisers – both donors and winning bidders – allowed us to raise a healthy amount to donate to the Rotary Foundation – $1,300 in total. Thank you all!
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click here to view the video of the full meeting.)